World Diabetes Day


by Jim & Phyllis Wilkins

Many people are aware of Lions Clubs involvement with sight and hearing, youth programs, Lions services for children and disaster preparedness and relief. Another program which may not be as familiar is the Lions involvement with diabetes awareness and action. Lions around the world are committed to conducting and supporting local and large scale efforts leading to the control and treatment of diabetes and its complications through education, prevention and research. Diabetes is increasing worldwide and the number of people living with diabetes is estimated at 371 million and is expected to grow to 552 million by 2030 (International Diabetes Federation). Each year, during November, Lions worldwide join together to promote awareness of diabetes. Lions help promote World Diabetes Day on November 14 by promoting diabetes screenings, vision screenings, distribution of educational materials and support of diabetes camps and foundations. For more information on Lions Clubs diabetes partners and organizations please visit and go to Our Work and Health Programs.

The Fairfield Bay Lions Club meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Lions Den, located on Dave Creek Parkway. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. (reservations requested by calling Lion Mary Meadows @ 884-6388) and is followed by our meeting and guest speaker at 6 p.m. Visiting Lions members and the public are always welcome at our meeting Lions members remember our Thanksgiving/Christmas party on Thursday, November 14 with doors opening at 5 p.m. and a delicious buffet served beginning at 5:30 p.m. This will be a fun party for all of the hard working Lions and guests and entertainment will be provided. Please contact Lion Mary Meadows @ 501-884-6388 to confirm your reservation by Monday, October 28.

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